SWHR ISIS Poster Accepted

Washington, DC (February 28, 2011) — The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is pleased to announce the acceptance of a poster to be presented at the Second Annual International Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference. The title of the poster is “The SWHR ISIS Networks: A Collaborative Model for Conducting Sex-based Research”.

The SWHR Interdisciplinary Studies in Sex-differences (ISIS) Networks address cross-cutting research questions in sex-based biology. Since 2002, we have convened and funded five successful networks focusing on sex differences in the brain, musculoskeletal health, metabolism, coronary vascular disease and breast cancer. The poster will describe SWHR’s experience, the model used, the guidelines, and several of the products that have emerged from the network collaborations.

Lead author, Christine L. Carter, Ph.D., M.P.H., who recently joined SWHR as Vice President, Scientific Affairs, says “I am delighted to have this opportunity to showcase the unique features of this interdisciplinary research network model which focuses exclusively on sex-differences in health and disease”.

Sponsored by the Research Team Support & Development (RTS&D) of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, the SciTS Conference is a forum to enhance understanding of how best to engage in team science to meet society’s needs. The poster session offers an opportunity for conference attendees to present findings as they relate to the field of team science.

The conference will be held April 11-14 in Chicago at Northwestern University.


For more information on the Society for Women’s Health Research please contact Rachel Griffith at 202-496-5001 or Rachel@swhr.org.


Body Building Supplement That Safe

During the intensive training or regular daily practice, body builders need body building supplement. It used to help them get maximum result of training. There are some varieties of supplements that can be added to their daily intake, it can be used as medicine or used to be injected directly in the blood. This way is perceived as the best way to help them to get optimum result of training. Optimum result here means the body builders get their desired muscle faster.

Usually the supplement is produced from herbal material that must be safe to be consumed daily.
It consists of some legal materials and natural. Those materials are perceived as the safest materials to avoid the unwanted site effect.

Glutamine is the safest natural body building supplements that can be consumed daily. This substance is used to boost up the body builders’ immune system that doesn’t have any negative effect. This is what the body builders during their hard training to get the desired result.


Fatigues to Fabulous to Aid Women Veterans

Washington, DC (February 11, 2011) — SWHR is excited to announce that Tuesday, February 15th during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, SWHR and our partner Grace After Fire, a support network for women veterans, will be launching the Fatigues to Fabulous (F2F) campaign – a national program created to honor the service of women veterans and support their transition home. The campaign is working with the fashion industry to help women make the transition to a civilian wardrobe, raise awareness of the challenges women veterans face upon return, and harness resources to support them.

As part of the campaign, DKNYC has designed a fashionable and feminine F2F watch featuring “dog tag” accessories and the F2F logo, which will be exclusively offered and promoted through HSN.

Just as disease affects women differently than men, so too do military women have unique health concerns that differ from their male counterparts. While accidents and injuries are often an uncontrollable reality for those who serve, what we can control is making sure women are appropriately equipped and protected. For those injuries that cannot be prevented, we must have in place care options that are designed for women. Some studies are already reporting important differences in the incidence, severity, and outcomes among male and female veterans in conditions ranging from PTSD to urological conditions and muscle and joint disorders. Finding the best, evidence-based treatments for women and men can only happen with research.

F2F Wants You!

We need your help to get the word out about the campaign. Please visit the F2F Facebook Page and CLICK HERE become a fan! And please don’t be shy…share the link with your friends, family and professional associations.



For more information on the Society for Women’s Health Research please contact Rachel Griffith at 202-496-5001 or Rachel@swhr.org.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., is widely recognized as the thought leader in women’s health research, particularly how sex differences impact health. SWHR’s mission is to improve the health of all women through advocacy, education and research. Visit SWHR’s website at www.swhr.org for more information.

Grace After Fire was established by women veterans for women veterans to offer a safe and confidential venue – a social network. Women can share common experiences and offer unique peer support for wellness while providing increased access to resources for healthcare, family and self.


The Make Up of Your Make Up

Washington, DC (February 10, 2011) — The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) and the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) hosted the Capitol Hill briefing, The Science of Cosmetics on Wednesday, February 9, with a reception following. Featuring physicians, government representatives, and industry members, the briefing discussed the science of cosmetics and its impact on women’s health.

Leading the presentations, Linda M. Katz, MD, MPH, Director of the Office of Cosmetics and Colors. Chief Medical Officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at FDA, provided an overview of the FDA’s responsibilities. She defined cosmetics as articles intended for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, and altering appearance. In order to be marketed as a cosmetic in the United States, the cosmetic must not be adulterated or misbranded. “Manufacturers have the responsibility to ensure that products are safe prior to marketing through studies (clinical or laboratory), review of literature, or other validated sources of information,” said Katz.

With FDA oversight defined, John E. Bailey, PhD, Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President for Science of the Personal Care Products Council, shared more information on the cosmetic regulatory system including hazard vs. risk and how products are developed. Bailey said the steps for product development are, “to decide on type of product, who is intended to use it, what do you want the product to do, what regulatory body does it fall under (over-the-counter drugs or cosmetics), and finally, selection of ingredients by formulator.”

Halyna Breslawec, PhD, Deputy Director of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), explained the approval process for cosmetics and how ingredients are deemed safe. The mission of CIR is to “thoroughly review and access the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics in an open, unbiased, and expert manner, and publish the results in open, peer-reviewed literature.” The most frequently used ingredients and ingredients of concern are given high priority from CIR for review. They found 1124 ingredients to be safe, 875 safe with qualifications, 9 unsafe and 51 with insufficient data. In total, 2109 ingredients have been reviewed by CIR to date.

Rounding out the panel, Tina Alster MD, Director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center, offered insight into the top dermatological concerns with cosmetics. Even though cosmetics are deemed safe, some women face adverse reactions, including irritant, allergic, photoallergic and other reactions. Dermatitis from topical prescriptions is common so women should be diligent in observing how their skin reacts to different products. Alster’s main take-home messages for consumers are “sun protection is crucial, know your ABCDE’s (have any and all suspicious lesions checked by a dermatologist), and topicals have great therapeutic efficacy but also potential for side effects.”

Following the presentations, guests were treated to a reception to learn more about cosmetics from various companies and to ask further questions of the panel.

“The safety of cosmetics is an important issue for women’s health,” said Phyllis Greenberger, MSW, President and CEO of SWHR. “Conducting the layered review process for cosmetic ingredients ensures the safest products remain on the market and keeps the consumer safe.”


For more information on the Society for Women’s Health Research please contact Rachel Griffith at 202-496-5001 or Rachel@swhr.org.


The Exercise Files: Gender Differences in Exercise

By: Jennifer Wider, MD
February 9, 2011

Obesity levels are at an all-time high among men, women, and children in the United States. The need for good nutrition and regular exercise is paramount for maintaining proper health and for keeping those extra pounds at bay, especially for women.

Beginning in her late 20s and 30s, a woman’s average body weight climbs steadily each year. This increase usually continues into her 60s. For many women, the weight gain is between one to two pounds per year with some women gaining more, and others less.

Aside from weight loss, women who incorporate regular exercise into their daily schedules may lower the risks of certain diseases and conditions. A recent study presented at the Ninth Annual AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, revealed that women who exercised for at least 150 minutes a week significantly reduced their risk of endometrial cancer, regardless of their body size.

The Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that in order to prevent weight gain, an average woman who eats a normal diet needs 60 minutes of moderate exercise per day. If a woman is overweight or obese, 60 minutes of exercise is inadequate to keep off the weight, according to the study. In many cases she will have to modify her diet, including cutting down on overall daily caloric intake.

For older women, a dose of moderate, regular exercise may slow the progression of age-related memory loss. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed that exercise may even reverse changes in the brain due to the aging process. Other recent studies prove a positive correlation between exercise and a lower risk of colon cancer.

Despite the numerous health benefits that accompany exercise, there are some important things women need to keep in mind in order to prevent injury. According to Alice Chen, MD, a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut, “There are some gender differences in exercise-related injuries. Most of these relate to ligament laxity.” Women need to take extra precautions because although, “they feel less sore than men after vigorous exercise, due to hormonal differences, women will have more laxity in their ligaments and therefore potentially more ligament injury at extreme stresses,” said Chen.

Pregnant women and women in the post-partum period may have additional health concerns due to fluctuations in hormone levels. “Pregnant women (and post-partum) with their shifting levels of progesterone will have more vulnerability to injury,” said Chen.

Women are also more likely to experience knee pain than men, especially in the patellar (knee cap) region. This is partially due to their natural laxity and also due to “an (anatomical) difference in the knee angle that puts women’s knees at an increased level of stress,” explained Chen.

The good news is there are specific things women can do to reduce their risk of injury while exercising.
Prior to working out, women should make sure to:

  • Stretch. Everyone should warm up before engaging in vigorous exercise. Stretching and light aerobic activity to get the heart rate up helps to warm you up and prevent muscle injury.
  • Hydration. Many people are chronically operating on a fluid deficit and working out and sweating further depletes their fluid reserves. It is vital to stay hydrated before, during, and after exercise and always monitor your fluid levels in order to prevent muscle injury and overheating.
  • Adequate caloric intake. Under nutrition can lead to amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) due to hormone disruption. If this persists it can result in bone mass loss (osteoporosis), placing the athlete at risk for potential stress fracture.

Athletes who are consistently undernourished may experience long-term health consequences, such as amenorrhea. According to Chen, “menstruating athletes gain two to four percent bone mass between the ages 20 to 30. But those athletes with amenorrhea will lose two percent bone mass a year. Since women start to lose bone mass in their 40s naturally with menopause, the athlete is vulnerable to a higher lifelong fracture risk.”

Exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy body, and taking precautions to ensure safety during exercise is equally important. Stretching, hydration and adequate nutrition will help lower the risk of injury in women.


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For more information on the Society for Women’s Health Research please contact Rachel Griffith at 202-496-5001 or Rachel@swhr.org.

Jennifer Wider, M.D.Jennifer Wider, M.D., is a medical advisor for the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., widely recognized as the thought leader in research on sex differences and dedicated to improving women’s health through advocacy, education, and research.

Dr. Wider is a graduate of Princeton University and received her medical degree in 1999 from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She is frequently published in newspapers, magazines, and websites and has been a guest on the Today Show, CBS News, Fox News, Good Day New York, and a variety of cable channels. Dr. Wider hosts “Paging Dr. Wider,” a weekly segment on Sirius satellite radio for the Cosmopolitan magazine channel.

Dr. Wider is a past managing editor of the health channel at iVillage.com. She writes a monthly news service article for SWHR and is the author of the consumer health booklet “Just the Facts: What Women Need to Know about Sex Differences in Health” and the book “The Doctor’s Complete College Girls’ Health Guide: From Sex to Drugs to the Freshman Fifteen.”

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